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Society Conference Reports for 2013

Winter Conference

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Maresi de Monchy
Phobia and Handwriting.

Maresi de Monchy is from The Netherlands and is one of Europe’s most respected graphologists. She is also a psychologist, the former president of the Dutch Graphological Society, a member of the Dutch Order of Graphologists, the European Graphological Association and the Dutch Institute for Psychological Help.

Her presentation on phobias and anxiety in handwriting was the result of extensive research of the handwritings of people diagnosed with phobia in The Netherlands and Great Britain. Maresi described the types of phobias and then showed handwritings that illustrated the signs of phobia. These deeply rooted fears cause panic attacks and prevent a person from leading a normal life. The underlying cause of phobias is anxiety caused by a trauma early in life or a chemical imbalance in the brain. The phobias usually show up during puberty.

The main manifestation of a phobia in the handwriting is lack of spontaneity. Letter forms often appear narrow and arcaded, rigid, tense, lacking garlands, and having wide right margins. The writer is afraid to move forward and take chances.

One example was a handwriting of a woman who wanted to become a stewardess. Her perfect, constrained writing showed she could not handle emergencies. She admitted to being phobic about making mistakes. Most interesting of all, there was the writing of a man who was afraid to cross the street. It is probable he was abused as a child. Once medication was prescribed, the phobia indicators in his writing greatly diminished. After the medication, his writing showed fluidity and movement. His fear of crossing the street may have been his desire to remain a child and be protected, as he could not cross the street without help.

Maresi concluded phobias and anxiety can be detected in handwriting and in many cases treated or resolved. Her work on phobias is revealed more extensively in the following Article.

Click Here for Maresi's Article on Phobia

Spring Conference

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Pat Siegel
Women of the World

Pat Siegel is President of The American Society of Professional Graphologists. She is a practicing handwriting analyst, handwriting identification expert and executive coach. Over the last couple of generations there has been a revolutionary shift in attitudes about women’s roles and potential. Yet women still face uphill challenges, recently highlighted in Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In.

Pat’s interest in why some women succeed beyond expectation evolved from her work as an executive coach. What can we learn from the handwritings of women who excel in fields dominated by men? What motivates these women, and what in their personalities enables them to overcome obstacles, both internal and external biases and circumstances that threaten to derail their progress? She showed a number of handwritings of women who have achieved excellence — Ann Richards, Marian Wright Edelman, Amelia Earhart, Rita Levi-Montalcini, Barbara Walters, Oprah Winfrey and Hillary Clinton among them. There is no common denominator in their handwritings, but each reflects the culture and background that nurtured and molded their attitudes, individuality, talent, motivation and determination that allowed them to cope and succeed.

Lois Vaisman
Today's college generation

Lois Vaisman is Vice President of The American Society of Professional Graphologists and is a licensed and practicing psychotherapist as well as a graphologist.

Lois showed handwritings of a group of young college students applying for an internship at a non-for-profit arts foundation. Each handwriting submitted was accompanied with a resume that highlighted the individual’s education, work experience and skills. On the resumes, under their skills, each applicant listed detailed computer knowledge.

Even though the current generation of young people have been schooled in using computers and other forms of technology, handwriting nevertheless remains the medium in which individual personality characteristics can be seen. Although, the majority of the time young adults may reply on social media, there is always a need for pen and paper. Handwriting might not be the first go-to application and may not be kinetically as comfortable as a form of communication, but it still reveals and reflects the individual. Handwriting continues to be an area of expression that is unique and emotive for all ages. Handwritings will always reflect personality and the need for people to have an emotional connection to what they hope to communicate to others.

Fall Conference

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Bernadette Keefe and Monique Riley
An International Approach to Graphology

Bernadette Keefe and Monique Riley, along with collaborators Lorraine Herbert and Monique Sterling, have completed a comprehensive book on handwriting analysis: International Manual of Graphology, Core Insights into Handwriting Analysis. It took six years for them to research and consolidate the best concepts of various international schools of graphology. Bernadette Keefe and Monique Riley will provide an overall description of the book’s approach to analyses as well as an explanation of "Global Pointers" and the use of "Considered Impression." They will show handwriting samples to illustrate their concepts and, as a workshop, present a handwriting for a comprehensive analysis by attendees. Bernadette Keefe is British and Monique Riley is French. Both women are highly respected professional graphologists with decades of experience analyzing handwritings. Bernadette received her Initial and Advanced Diploma from the London College of Graphology and The British Academy of Graphology. She also has a Royal Society of Arts Certificate in Counseling. For many years Bernadette served first as Vice Principal and then as Governor for the London College of Graphology and The British Academy of Graphology. She serves as an examiner for the London College. Bernadette is also a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts and a Board Member of the International Graphological Colloquium. Monique received her Diploma from SFDG (The French Society of Graphology) and has a Graphologue Conseil. She has been a Vice-President of SFDG since 1996, responsible for international relations, lectures and courses. As a professional graphologist, she is a consultant to private clients, international headhunters, outplacement agencies and HR departments of major companies. Monique is also a Fellow, speaker and examiner for The British Academy of Graphology. She has written numerous articles and has presented at both national and international conferences.

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